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Postsecularity, political resistance, and protest in the Occupy Movement

Cloke, Paul, Sutherland, Callum and Williams, Andrew ORCID: 2016. Postsecularity, political resistance, and protest in the Occupy Movement. Antipode 48 (3) , pp. 497-523. 10.1111/anti.12200

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This paper examines and critically interprets the interrelations between religion and the Occupy movements of 2011. It presents three main arguments. First, through an examination of the Occupy Movement in the UK and USA—and in particular of the two most prominent Occupy camps (Wall Street and London Stock Exchange)—the paper traces the emergence of postsecularity evidenced in the rapprochement of religious and secular actors, discourses, and practices in the event-spaces of Occupy. Second, it examines the specific set of challenges that Occupy has posed to the Christian church in the UK and USA, arguing that religious participation in the camps served at least in part to identify wider areas of religious faith that are themselves in need of redemption. Third, the paper considers the challenges posed by religious groups to Occupy, not least in the emphasis on postmaterial values in pathways to resistance against contemporary capitalism.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Occupy; postsecularity; resistance; protest
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0066-4812
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 April 2016
Date of Acceptance: 14 July 2015
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 07:22

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